“Traditional models said if you were a strong performer in your current job, that was the singular way that you got a promotion,” said Nickle LaMoreaux, vice president for compensation and benefits at IBM. “Well, we certainly still care about performance,” she said. But that now includes hypothetical future performance, too. IBM claims Watson has a 96% accuracy rate, as compared with IBM’s internal analysis with HR experts. The company spot-checks employee performance against its predictions.